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This address was
presented to the Society AGM by Tony Lyster on behalf of the condidate.
May I apologise
for not being present at your AGM but last November my wife booked a
short holiday break in Devon for this weekend culminating in Sunday
lunch at the Burgh Island Hotel famous for its Art Deco architecture
and furnishings. I would be dead meat if I tried to cancel this treat!
You may ask why a
relative newcomer to QRS has the temerity to accept a nomination to
your Executive and the first reason is because it was suggested to me
by another member. That person suggested that I might bring my skills
and commercial experience to the Executive table.
So what are these
other than I have run my own business for thirty years having rescued
it from insolvency caused by others earlier. I did this by applying
innovative business practices not normally associated with the market
place that my business traded. Throughout the following years I have
had to adapt and adjust these ideas to survive several recession
periods which most of you will have experienced yourselves. I am now
semi-retired from that business and soon to be fully free of those responsibilities.
Recently I have
been credited with taking the initiative in rescuing the Aylesbury
Literary Club from almost certain demise where I was able to claw
together new ideas on how to refinance the club in order to refurbish
their premises which otherwise would have been condemned for faulty
wiring. We also needed to completely rebuild the kitchen to comply
with modern hygiene standards to enable the installation of new
catering tenants in the form of The Aylesbury Wine Bar.
The second reason
for my accepting this nomination is that of tackling the lack of
volunteers especially those who might not be great engineering
enthusiasts but could be persuaded that the commercial aspects of the
QRS are equally important to the survival of the Buckinghamshire
Railway Museum without which the core reasons for you all being at
this meeting will cease. The trigger for my acceptance was that of
the death of Aubrey Hughes who was my mentor and advisor in terms of
acting as your commercial roster clerk until he died. Aubrey was very
keen that the Quainton Centre should flourish and we had many
discussions about the difficulties presently apparent to us all.
Finally, I should
say I am not all Commercial as I am a technician by trade
and just as keen on all things that run on rails, float on canals or
even consist of wood and canvass and yet make it into the air. I am
also interested in the social history of all these travelling and
transport mediums so, if you are persuaded to vote me onto your
Executive, I will endeavour to square the circle of interests for everyone.
Some of you may
already be aware I have made a start at attracting young engineers by
a liaison with the Peter's Railway publications and in a joint
venture with our friends at VAMES become part of the Peter's Railway
National Treasure Hunt as a venue to visit. I think some of you who
have reservations about Quainton becoming a fairground attraction
will appreciate the technical bias of these books designed to
encourage youngster to take up engineering as well as being quite
entertaining in the stories that are told.
I look forward in
trepidation the outcome of your deliberations.
Raymond W L Powell